Recommended Flat Towing System for 2004 Ford F-150


what tool do i need to hook up front hitch for 2004 F-150 to back of my other truck bumper


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To tow a vehicle, you cannot simply connect a rear bumper to a front bumper. That would not allow for the movement needed to safely tow the vehicle. So the front mounted hitch # 65043 while a confirmed fit for your 2004 F-150, is not what you need for this application.

What you will need is a towbar and baseplates for the actual connection. I recommend the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 495-1A and then the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 2" Hitch - 6,000 lbs # RM-520. You will also need safety cables like # RM-643.

A more economical option is to use the Curt Tow Bar with Adjustable-Width Arms - Car Mount - 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs # C19745 and a compatible ball mount for your trailer hitch receiver.

Then to legally tow, you will also need wiring. I recommend the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267. This will utilize your truck's wiring while protecting your other truck from feedback.

Then you will need supplemental braking. For that system, I recommend the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional # SM99251 which once installed become a plug and play system. The # RM-88400 relay is required to prevent the towed vehicle's brake signal from overriding the turn signal from the towing vehicle when applying the brakes during a turn. This is also required for your application.

The final thing needed is either a high low adapter if using a tow bar or the proper rise/drop ball mount for level towing. I've attached the links to your options as well as an article to assist.

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